It's festival time again! 

Get the sunscreen ready and pack a tent, Iowans. It's time for the two-day Hinterland Music Festival in St. Charles. Headlined by Willie Nelson and Ray LaMontagne, festival organizers estimate 20,000 people will invade the Madison County town for Friday and Saturday's musical offerings. Are you one of the 20,000 planning on attending? Get the lowdown on everything you need know before heading south with the Juice Hinterland festival guide. Now, for the headlines ... 


Finally, after nearly a year of being deprived of deep fried treats and a cow carved out of butter, the Iowa State Fair is almost back. What goes well with butter sculptures and corn dogs? Grandstand acts. This year's lineup features Dierks Bentley, KISS, Steven Tyler, Meghan Trainor, Lady Antebellum and more. Get a full look at the Iowa State Fair Grandstand lineup via Juice and mark your calendars now.


Des Moines, a new hip-hop festival is headed to downtown Aug. 19-20. And it's planning to be fresh. The first annual Fresh Fest, coined Iowa's first hip-hop festival, revealed its lineup on Monday. Up-and-coming act Tink headlines the event Aug. 20 and locals the likes of Gadema, MarKaus and prettygirlhatemachine are slated to perform Aug. 19. Festival organizers also plan to throw activities like an urban fashion show and city-wide b-boy tournament during the event.


Datebook Diner's got the dish on A Dong. The weekly restaurant review column took to the Des Moines staple, reviewing menu items in true Twitter-like fashion, using 140 characters. Here's a sample: "Soda chanh sua hot ga // club soda with condensed milk, citrus juice and egg yolk ($3.50): Surprisingly not overly sweet, wash down spicy entrees with a frothy, lime-infused mocktail."

Homecoming's a bit early this year.

Internationally renowned metal band Slipknot comes home to Wells Fargo Arena this Friday, the band's first show in Des Moines in eight years. Opener acts come in the form of Marilyn Mason and Of Mice and Mine. Organizers estimate 10,000 people will invade the downtown arena for what's expected to be a night of headbanging (and an impending Saturday morning of neck aching).

One more thing ...

--Matt, Juice.

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